Launched in 2007, the Utilities and Environmental Protection (UEP) Public Art Plan was founded on the principle that public art, in collaboration with other disciplines, can create remarkable places that encourage sustainability and stewardship. Believed to be the first of its kind in North America, the plan represents a key component of the Public Art Program's mission to guide the evolution of a distinct and vibrant artistic character for the city’s public places.
The plan has commissioned artists locally, nationally and internationally to engage the community on the broad theme of the watershed. It has fostered innovative, award-winning temporary and permanent public art projects, events and experiences throughout our city, including:
Public Art Budget
In accordance with the Public Art Policy, UEP pools their one per cent of capital budgets allocated for public art. Given the scope and complexity of the opportunities afforded by the pooling of funds and the often hidden nature of UEP infrastructure, the plan guides the spending of funds in a strategic and cohesive manner.
For more information on the Utilities and Environmental Protection Public Art Plan, contact the Public Art Program.